With the holiday season upon us, many small business owners and their employees might be pulling longer shifts and dealing with a more intense workload, while also juggling the stresses that come with this time of the year. In turn, holiday fatigue can have an impact on the safety of workers in many industries.
“One of the things that’s interesting about the holiday season and the way that fatigue impacts individuals is that it’s both mental and physical, and it’s both industrial and personal. So, not only is the holiday season often busier at work, but it’s also busier at home,” said Matt Zender, AmTrust Financial Services’ senior vice president of workers’ compensation strategy. “What we find is it’s just not a lot of release. After a traditional busy work day, you go home, you have a cup of tea, you watch your favorite show, and you go to bed feeling a little bit better. Now though, you have an even busier work day, and you leave the office and you have to go run three errands, and then you get home and you have to work on logistics for coordinating holiday travel, so there’s no off-switch.”
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